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Toxic shock and tampons revisited.

Toxic shock and tampons revisited

Since tampons were first linked in 1980 to toxic shock syndrome (TSS) among menstruating women, scientists have studied tampon materials as contributing risk factors, resulting in the withdrawal in 1985 of tampon products containing polyacrylate. A recent epidemiologic study conducted by CDC scientists reaffirms the connection between tampon use and the potentially fatal disease, but concludes that earlier focus on polyacrylate as a high-risk factor "may not have been the most appropriate way to reduce the risk of TSS.' In a report in the Aug. 21 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, the authors say that a tampon's absorbency, and not its chemical composition, appears to be the main culprit. An accompanying editorial by Sidney M. Wolfe of Public Citizen Health Research Group in Washington, D.C., criticizes the Food and Drug Administration for its "dangerous delay' in completing proposed rules that require absorbency ratings on tampon packaging.
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Date:Aug 29, 1987
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